Tuggerah, Australia - April 17, 2013 : Belkin Australia today announced the launch of a new portable, full-range speaker dock system for the iPad, the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater. Designed to integrate seamlessly with the iPad, the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater enhances movies, music and games with advanced digital sound technology for a rich, powerful audio experience.

Designed to fit flush around an iPad, the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater connects directly through the iPad dock connector for a seamless experience. A direct connection eliminates the possibility of dropping the connection to the speaker and provides optimal calibration for the audio sound effects. It also features a multifold cover for a variety of comfortable viewing angles and screen protection.

“We wanted the audio quality to match the brilliant, high definition visual experience that the iPad’s retina display is known for, and provide an immersive powerful audio solution so you can experience content the way it was meant to be.” said Brendan Sparks, Head of Marketing and Product Management Belkin ANZ.

"Belkin tapped us to engineer the sound performance of the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater from the inside out and we're happy to see end results. Through the design of core circuits, sound processing, custom speakers and a surprisingly thin acoustic enclosure, Audifi engineered a level of sonic depth and precision that was, until now, impossible to achieve in mobile devices." said Bruce Lancaster, general manager and vice president at Audifi.

The Belkin Thunderstorm (G3A1000) will be available from April 1 for 30-pin connectors (iPad 2, 3rd generation) for $249.95, with a model for Lightning connector available in the near future.

Features at a glance:
  • Integrated, front-facing, landscape-oriented, stereo speakers
  • Ported speakers for rich bass and depth
  • Low-distortion, high-efficiency amplifier
  • Magnetically attached folding soft cover with multiple stand configurations
  • 30-pin docking interface is compatible with iPad 2 and iPad 3rd generation
  • Pass-through access for iPad rear camera, headset jack, microphone, speaker, charging, lock switch, volume control, and mute/rotation lock toggle

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About Audifi
Audifi is the leader in next-generation mobile audio. Founded in 2011 in Beaverton, Oregon, Audifi is a world-class team with decades of audio engineering experience. Audifi designs and integrates core circuitry, signal processing, custom acoustics, and software into end products that deliver unparalleled sound to maximize mobile lifestyles. To learn more about Audifi, visit http://audifi.me

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